Obama warns Homeland Security shutdown will hurt economy, security

23 Feb, 2015 10:38 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would mean more than 100,000 border patrol, port inspection and airport security agents would be left without a paycheck.

“It will have a direct impact on your economy, and it will have a direct impact on America’s national security because their hard work helps to keep us safe,” Obama said in a speech to a meeting of state governors at the White House.

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